The European Tour moves to Saudi Arabia this week for the Saudi International and we take a look at the inaugural running of this event from a betting angle.
The decision of the European Tour to go to Saudi Arabia has come in for a lot of criticism given the country’s human rights issues. Let us focus on the golf though and see if we can find a winner.
The Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in the King Abdullah Economic City is the host course and plays to a par 70. The course is described as undulating and there are a number of bunkers throughout the course and water in play on some of the holes. It is reasonable to assume that those who go well on links courses should find this course to their liking.
Bryson Dechambeau was excellent in winning last week and he is a 7/1 favourite alongside Justin Rose. A very powerful field has been assembled with Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Sergio Garcia all under 20/1 in the betting.
Bryson Dechambeau 7/1
Justin Rose 7/1
Dustin Johnson 17/2
Brooks Koepka 10/1
Sergio Garcia 16/1
Patrick Reed 22/1
Thorbjorn Olesen 25/1
28/1 and better the balance, prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change
Bryson Dechambeau win only at 7/1
This guy has been in phenomenal form of late and he simply ran away from the field last week. Even in a quality field I think he is worth backing for the win at odds of 7/1.
Matt Wallace each way at 28/1
Wallace is a regular in my staking plans and he showed up last week with a runner-up position behind Dechambeau. He has been incredibly consistent and it is surely only a matter of time before he wins again.
Jordan Smith each way at 60/1
Smith was a bit disappointing last week where he never got in the hunt, eventually finishing inside the top 30. His accuracy should keep him out of trouble here and that could be one of the keys to victory.
Ernie Els each way at a 160/1
I have been expecting an Ernie Els revival and have been throwing him in to the odd staking plan without success. Unfortunately he faded last week to finish 12th in Dubai but it was certainly a good effort and a sign that as he reaches the end of his playing days, he is going to be refocusing and looking for another victory.
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